The green-thumbed staff at Salmon Creek Nursery raises acres of shrubs, trees, and other plants to supply customers with a wide selection of potted foliage. Spruce up a garden path or an indoor hedge maze with shrubs such as cypress, junipers, and hydrangeas ($15.99–$89.99), or stock up on perennials that return every year without re-seeding, much like in-laws at Thanksgiving ($9.99–$24.99). Alternatively, apple, peach, cherry, and other fruit trees ($29.99–$39.99) distill the sun’s angry glare into wrath-sweetened produce. On autumn weekends, the scent of free cider and donuts fills the weekend air as patrons browse an assortment of plump pumpkins, corn stalks, and hay bales shaped like Conrad Bain.
Lavocat's welcomes nature cultivators of all kinds into its lushly packed nursery, replete with plants, pots, supplies, and a convivial staff. More than 800 varieties of shrubs, flowers, and other greenery fill 11 greenhouses, tempting gardeners to experiment with different types of verdant life or inject new accents into old gardens. Green-thumbed caretakers can create aerial gardens with 10-inch hanging baskets ($14.99) or add splashes of color to soil with flats of annuals such as alyssum and begonias ($11.50+). One-gallon perennials include Silver Mound artemisia and Solar Flare baptisia ($5.99–$7.99), which can accent yards from year to year. A series of small 4.5-inch potted plants make cylindrical, leafy reimaginings of Stonehenge infinitely simpler to construct ($2.99+).
Preferred Plants’ 5,000-square-foot warehouse features artificial botanicals and home décor specifically designed to spruce up decks, halls, walls, tabletops, and more. Enliven drab corners with Preferred Plants' life-like floral accents, including eucalyptus ($5), freesia ($12.50), and daffodils ($8.50). Handcrafted trees provide shade from fluorescent cubicle lighting, and hanging baskets make ideal landing spots for the office chimpanzee. For houses in need of a sweeping transformation, Preferred Plants also matches living rooms with furniture, window treatments, floor coverings, light fixtures, and more.
The Haunted House of Rochester is a macabre domicile sure to scare visitors down to the tips of their belly buttons. Perambulate through 5,000 square feet of mad clowns, bloodthirsty butchers, and anthropomorphized slices of pie. Guests are admitted two or three at a time to the indoor and outdoor tour of terror. Test the strength of your best friendship, romantic relationship, or passenger/bus driver bond as you wander the perilous path, or simply find an excuse to remove an overly binding pair of dungarees, as the house is known to scare the pants off of most legs. Younger children, pregnant women, and individuals with heart conditions may want to avoid the horrific homestead. During your visit, you can also peruse a selection of pumpkins, Halloween goodies, and concessions available for purchase (cost not included in today's Groupon).